Parastatals and State-linked enterprises have joined the bandwagon of firms that are firing employees upon issuing them with three months' notices following a recent Supreme Court ruling permitting that. Information gathered yesterday showed that many parastatals offloaded an undisclosed number of employees last week.

The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) confirmed that it had laid off about 50 employees, although unconfirmed reports say more than 300 employees were

President Mugabe has revealed that he married, Grace, partly because of pressure from his mother.

"The doctors said your wife cannot bear children anymore because of the kidney ailment . . . So, to my mother, she will say, 'My child, you will grow old without a child.' Aah! And she was telling others and my uncles – 'Ko iye Robert kana akangowana zvake musikana waanotora, kuti ndingowana mwana wandinobata ndisati ndafa?'

"So, there was that impulsion

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has fired over 100 employees, including nine senior managers, while the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is reportedly processing dismissal letters for an additional 850 employees.

As parastatals and state enterprises take advantage of the Supreme Court labour ruling allowing employers to fire workers by simply giving them three months notices, Zinara said it had no option but to send workers packing.

Zinara chairman Albert

VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko has joined the bandwagon of businesspeople taking advantage of a recent Supreme Court order that gives employers the greenlight to terminate contracts and has dismissed about 100 workers at his Choppies supermarkets.

This comes amid reports that President Robert Mugabe's company, Gushungo Holdings, is also struggling to pay its workers with some employees from the dairy producer still to be paid their July salaries.

Mphoko, who was appointed by

UNCERTAINTY surrounded the fate of another lion from Hwange National Park Saturday after a conservation group reported that Jericho, brother of the lion slain by American dentist Walter Palmer, had also been killed.

"It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed at 4pm today," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which broke the news of Cecil's killing, said in a statement on its Facebook page.

AT least 3,000 teachers have been struck off the pay sheet and did not receive their July salaries because they were not present at their work stations when the government conducted a head-count of personnel in April this year.

The physical count of teachers and other employees was meant to remove ghost workers from the payroll. Most of the teachers who went home empty-handed were on study leave, maternity leave, vacational leave and sick leave, while others had travelled after

LOCAL media houses like all other sectors of the economy continue fire workers with the Financial Gazette's editor-in-chief Sunsleey Chamunorwa being the latest in a long list of causalities.

Owned by former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono, the Financial Gazette announced in its latest edition that it would cut staff by 35%, sending shockwaves across the industry.

Early this week, Alpha Media Holdings publishers of The Standard, NewsDay and The Zimbabwe

Motorists will pay at least 15 cents in urban toll fees when the exercise is implemented, compared to $2 that private light vehicles are paying on the highways. Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) board chairperson Mr Albert Mugabe said there was no intention to erect toll plazas similar to those on highways.

He made the remarks early this week while appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing chaired by Cde

MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Kuwadzana Member of Parliament, Nelson Chamisa, has crossed paths with officials from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) over his involvement in the Zuva Petroleum Supreme Court case, whose determination has worsened the plight of workers.

Chamisa assisted advocate Thabani Mpofu in the case, which has given employers a lot of leverage in dismissing their employees without having to worry about payment of severance packages.

The First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has called on the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to align the existing laws to the new constitution to ensure no marriages are allowed to children below 18.

She also said stiffer penalties should be meted on those engaging in child marriages.
The First Lady said older men who entice kids into early marriages should be castrated.

She said she will, on behalf of women in Zimbabwe, continue advocating for castration

Former Presidential Affairs minister and ex CIOs boss Didymus Mutasa — who celebrated his 80th birthday quietly on Monday — says he is shocked by the insensitivity of Zanu PF's leaders, who threw an extravagant 50th birthday party for First Lady Grace Mugabe last weekend, at a time when most Zimbabweans are wallowing in abject poverty.

Speaking in an interview with a private daily yesterday, in the wake of President Robert Mugabe's controversial wife throwing two

A 30-YEAR-OLD ex-convict has been arrested for allegedly exhuming, roasting and eating human flesh at a graveyard.

Police have identified the ex-convict as Njanji Lungu

Police said Lungu was found roasting human flesh at the cemetery.

"The incident happened on July 28 between 14:00 and 15:00 hours. Lungu was found with a human skull, while roasting human fresh at the graveyard claiming he was hungry," he said.

The grave has been identified as belonging to a Mr

TROUBLED National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) Friday became the first government entity to fire workers following the Supreme Court ruling which gave employers permission to terminate contracts on notice, strategically placed sources said.

About 1000 to 1 500 workers are set to lose their jobs, according to the sources. The controversial Supreme Court ruling, which President Mugabe described as an "ass", has already claimed close to 10 000 jobs in a fortnight.

Reports are

A news reporting crew from the Daily News was barred from covering a function presided over by First Lady Grace Mugabe at her Mazowe business hub on Wednesday, in yet another glaring example of official intolerance of the independent media in the country.

While the Daily News was ejected from the function, reporters from State media were welcomed warmly and allowed to freely cover the event, where Grace donated part of the proceeds she got from her birthday dinner to various charities.

TWO CHIPINGE men allegedly raped a granny (79) before fatally assaulting her last Tuesday morning.

Deputy Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Luxson Chananda, said Lovemore Mlambo (19) and Josiah Simango (30), both of Chimene Village under Chief Musikavanhu allegedly went to Marambeni Sithole (79)'s house at around 4am with the intention of stealing maize.

"Simango knocked at the door and when Marambei opened it, he pushed the door and the old

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